We Honor Courtney Kathleen Jones Aman

by Heather Herrell

  In Defense of Animals is honored to celebrate the life and legacy of a compassionate and generous soul. Born in 1952, Courtney Kathleen Jones Aman always had a special place in her heart for animals. She lived a cruelty-free vegan lifestyle and dedicated more than four decades of her life to advocating for the […]


Vegans in Paradise

by Lisa Levinson

  Zel and Reuben Allen are a dynamic vegan duo! Together, they publish “Vegetarians in Paradise,” an online vegan magazine read by over 100,000 visitors each month. For 16-plus years, they have written and edited articles that provide a wide range of resources for the vegan community. The publication spotlights Zel’s humorous illustrations and innovative […]


Tell Culver’s to Add Cruelty Free Meals!

by Nadia Schilling

  For someone who wishes to eat a healthy, environmentally responsible, and cruelty-free meal at Culver’s, the options are severely limited. Although a veggie burger is offered at some locations, it is sadly not vegan. Let’s change this! Including vegan options would not only reduce animal suffering, it would enable Culver’s to reach new customers, […]


2 Great Los Angeles Days

by Lisa Levinson

  Join Us for a Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Picnic and Fur Free Friday Events  Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Picnic in Los Angeles – Thursday, November 24 Join us for Los Angeles’ biggest vegan potluck event of the year, a tradition that is more than two decades old. Hundreds of people attend annually. Everyone is welcome […]


Ask IHOP for Cruelty-Free Menu Options!

by Nadia Schilling

  To date, 32,935 of you have signed our alerts asking International House of Pancakes (IHOP)  to add plant based menu items. If you haven’t yet signed our alert to IHOP, please do so here to help us make this change happen! As a popular chain with over 1,550 restaurants, IHOP has the power to […]


Would Eating Animals Be a Sin?

by Lisa Levinson

  Have you ever wondered how best to approach people of faith about adopting cruelty-free practices which would truly align with their doctrines of compassion? Since most of us include animals in our definition of compassion for all living beings, we often struggle for acceptance when our values of compassion conflict with those of others […]


Former Mr. Universe Smashes Vegan Stereotypes

by Nadia Schilling

  Compassionate, healthy, and strong, former Mr. Universe Billy Simmonds is determined to break the stereotypes often foisted on vegans, and he recently gave a show stopping performance! To demonstrate to the world that absolutely nothing holds you back on a plant-based lifestyle, Billy broke through 5 slabs of cement with his bare hands and […]


IHOP, Let’s Create a Vegan Menu!

by Nadia Schilling

  Imagine 1,550 restaurants across the country enticing millions to try delicious, cruelty-free dishes that cause no harm to animals. IHOP, known for its classic breakfast dishes, has just appointed a new culinary director. We want to see him make some real changes that will save millions of animals! IHOP has just named Nevielle Panthaky […]


Sound Waves of Love

by Lisa Levinson

  Thanks to everyone who attended our 7th annual Vegan Spirituality Retreat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last weekend. It was a fulfilling day of connection, community, and honoring non-human animals while surrounded by nature at Saunders Woods. We are truly grateful to those participants who traveled from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to attend this unique event! […]